|Two receive Distinguished Young Alumni Awards|
|Tuesday, October 05, 2010|
Leaders of a pioneering online TV show distributor and the agency that polices doping by Olympic athletes have been honored by the General Alumni Association of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Jason Kilar, CEO of Hulu.com, and Travis Tygart, CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, received the association’s 2010 Distinguished Young Alumni Awards Friday (Oct. 1) for bringing credit to the University through their achievements.
“The remarkable accomplishments of many of Carolina’s younger alumni, including Jason and Travis, are truly inspiring,” said Douglas Dibbert, association president.
After graduating from UNC in 1993 with a double major in business administration and journalism and mass communication, Kilar began his career with The Walt Disney Co., where he worked for Disney Design & Development. He earned a master’s in business administration from Harvard Business School, then spent nearly a decade at Amazon.com, serving in a variety of key leadership roles. As vice president and general manager of Amazon’s North American media businesses, he oversaw its books, music, video and DVD categories. The Seattle resident later was senior vice president for Amazon’s worldwide application software.
Kilar helped lead the creation of Hulu in 2007. The Los Angeles-based website – a joint venture of News Corp., NBC Universal, the Walt Disney Co. and Providence Equity Partners – offers thousands of TV shows and movies for free. Kilar has been included by Fortune and Rolling Stone magazines on their “40 Under 40” lists of top young business and media leaders. In its October issue, Vanity Fair places him among the top 100 of what it calls “The New Establishment.”
Tygart oversees the nonprofit organization in Colorado Springs, Colo., that investigates Olympic athletes suspected of using performance-enhancing drugs. The agency also reaches out to young athletes and elite amateurs to educate them on making healthy, ethical choices and funds research related to deterring drug use in sports.
Also a 1993 UNC graduate, Tygart, a Jacksonville, Fla., native, earned a philosophy degree at UNC, then a law degree in 1999 at Southern Methodist University. He became outside counsel to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency when it was formed in 2000, shortly after the Sydney Olympics. He became its director of legal affairs in 2002 and CEO in 2007.
Tygart has testified before Congress several times about issues related to illegal use of performance-enhancing drugs and the pressures on those who want to compete fairly without jeopardizing their health or compromising their integrity. His testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 2008 helped achieve Senate ratification of the UNESCO anti-doping convention, an international treaty. Tygart returns to UNC at least once a year to speak to journalism, law and philosophy students about ethics.
Since 1989, the General Alumni Association’s Distinguished Young Alumni Awards have recognized alumni aged 40 or younger whose accomplishments have brought credit to the University. A roster of past recipients is available at http://alumni.unc.edu/awards.
GAA contact: Douglas Dibbert, (919) 962-7050,